A Spark of Surprise


Today is Alessandro Volta’s 270th birthday, which Google has anointed with an appropriate doodle.

In reading about the inestimable Mr. Volta, I was surprised to find out that he was the first person to investigate capacitance, and show the linear relationship between charge stored and potential difference applied.

So perhaps we should raise a can of Champagne Velvet beer to Mr. Volta on his birthday today.

Author: Bob Mahoney

Physics teacher

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